What is an Intervenor?

Intervenors are specially trained professionals who act as the "eyes" and "ears" of the individual who is deafblind through the sense of touch.

- Intervenor Services is a process, not a means to an end. It is required for a lifetime.
- Intervenor Services must always provide the individual who is deafblind with the information required for anticipation, motivation, communication and confirmation. The key to participation is Intervenor Services.
- Without Intervenor Services, our clients would not be able to understand and navigate their environment or communicate effectively with others, and will become isolated and withdrawn.
- The philosophy of Intervenors is “Do with, not for”. They do not act as caregivers but assist our clients with communication and life skills to become more independent.

A Simple Touch

For the deafblind, a simple touch can lead to endless possibilities.

Individuals who are deafblind have the capacity to build their life skills, gain independence and contribute to the greater community with the support of professionally trained Intervenors who use the sense of touch to help them communicate.

Enriching Lives, One Touch at a Time

Canadian Nonprofit Employer of Choice

We are a Two-Time Winner of the Nonprofit Employer of Choice (NEOC) Award!

In the second year of the program, eight organizations from across Canada, including DeafBlind Ontario Services, fulfilled the requirements to be named a Canadian Nonprofit Employer of Choice.

The Nonprofit Employer of Choice (NEOC) Awards recognizes organizations whose people leadership and vision has translated into exemplary talent management practices. This national program will help participating organizations create positive brand recognition and gain a competitive advantage to attract, engage and retain top talent.

True to our vision of being a leader in the field of deafblindness, DeafBlind Ontario Services was a NEOC award winner in 2015 as well!

For more information on the program and the award, visit http://neoc.ca/about/award/

In 2004, Stats Canada reported 7,000 Ontarians live with deafblindness.



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About DeafBlind Ontario Services

Founded in 1989, DeafBlind Ontario Services is a not-for-profit organization that helps individuals who are deafblind increase their independence and improve their quality of life through specialized services.

With residential locations and community services programs across the province, our services extend into a wide range of communities in Ontario.

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